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Setback for the BNP in Hastings

Issue No. 2131

Anti-fascists in Hastings delivered a blow to the British National Party (BNP) on Monday of this week, when their pressure forced the cancellation of an event the fascists had organised.

BNP members were invited to a “Christmas quiz and social evening” in Hastings with “a wide range of Golliwog merchandise on sale”.

Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union took the lead in opposing the event, which resulted in it being cancelled.

Nigel Sheahan, the PCS DWP eastern region vice chair, told Socialist Worker, “Around ten people still leafletted the venue, including PCS members, Unison union members and a Labour councillor.”

Sean Dooley, a PCS rep at Hastings CMEC (formerly the Child Support Agency), said, “Hastings CMEC management allowed Frank Swaine, a BNP member who works for the department, to stand in this year’s council elections.

“They sacked our PCS branch chair Eddie Fleming for his trade union activities.

“Why are the upper echelons of management treating the PCS and the BNP so differently?”

Unite Against Fascism activists picketed a screening of the More4 documentary An Independent Mind on Monday of this week, which features convicted Holocaust denier David Irving. Anti-fascists were also due to protest outside Channel 4’s offices on Tuesday of this week to coincide with its broadcast.

Over 1,000 people attended a Love Music Hate Racism concert in Hull on Saturday of last week, featuring The Beat, Neville Staple Band, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Sway and local bands. The event was co-hosted by Hull City Council’s Youth Project.

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Tue 9 Dec 2008, 18:04 GMT
Issue No. 2131
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